Archive for April, 2009

Ten Thoughts from Tom Douglas

April 21, 2009

While catching up on my reading of the fun, educational, and drool-inducing blog at, I came across this article Tom recently did for Restaurant Hospitality magazine. Even if Tom wasn’t a kick-butt chef, awesome advocate for Pacific Northwest cuisine and the city of Seattle, modest humanitarian, creator of the world’s finest coconut cream pie, and all-around awesome guy, you’d have to love a guy who claims that “if there was no duck, I’d have no reason to live.” Enjoy!


10 Thoughts from Tom Douglas

reprinted without permission from Restaurant Hospitality

  1. One thing you don’t know about me is that I’m the only heterosexual who knows all the words to Broadway show tunes.
  2. I’m most proud of my daughter, Loretta, and being married 25 luscious years to my wife, Jackie.
  3. One of my most memorable meals was at L’amis Louie in Paris. I ate the front half of a beautiful spring lamb.
  4. If there was no duck, I’d have no reason to live.
  5. My go-to drink is Dewar’s and water.
  6. If I were on death row my last meal would be a whole Chinese barbecue duck with green onion pancakes, Chinese broccoli (gai lan), ginger-steamed rice and hoisin chili sauce.
  7. The thing I hate most about this business is credit card fees, which are a ripoff. We do the work, they make the money.
  8. If I could change one thing about me it would be to drop my golf handicap from 18 to scratch.
  9. My idea of a perfect day is work, dim sum at 11 a.m., golf at noon, work 4-8, dinner with Jackie on the sunny side of the house and some wine.
  10. If I wasn’t a restaurant operator, I’d love to be a project coordinator building the tallest building in the world.

Days of Wine and Tacos

April 3, 2009

I’ve been remiss in posting lately, but that doesn’t mean nothing has been going on – quite the opposite! It’s been so busy I am not sure where to begin, so here’s a brief look back at my March in munchies:

Been hitting  a lot of happy hours this month, from tasty tasty pretzel dot sandwiches at Licorous with Gena B. and then again with Julien P. to chicken tacos and chilaquiles at Barrio with Ragan and Erin, to sweet potatoe fries with the gals at Smith, to squid kebabs, tzatziki, and little meatballs at Lola with Carl before going to see Steven Rinella read at Words & Wine (followed by late night, unofficial happy hour coconut cream pie at Dahlia later that same night!!)

The St. Patrick’s Day trip to NOLA is a whole other post, crammed as it was with food, drink, and merriment , and I promise I’ll get to that soon. Highlights: chocolate pecan pie at the Camellia Grill (closest I’ve been to heaven yet), hurricanes at Pat O’s, red beans and rice at the Gumbo Shop, delectable corn muffins and funky neighborhood ambiance uptown at Jacques-imos, Mia getting her groove on during zydeco night at the Mid City Lanes, a rainy and bead-laden parade in the Garden District, and of course, muffaletas from Central Grocery, enjoyed with good friends on the banks of the Mississippi.


Kerry and Sean, back in New Orleans.

Other March food highlights: duck ravioli and chocolate fudge cake at Spring Hill, grilled mackerel and mussels at Anchovies and Olives, and many, many wonderful meals prepared by Chef C, including steak tacos, moules frites, the best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever eaten (sorry, mom), chicken tacos, and herb crusted rack of lamb with scalloped potatoes au gratin and roasted asparagus. I am a lucky girl!

More to come, I promise.